Ford 351 Cleveland Engines: How to Build for Max Performance

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Ford's 351 Cleveland was designed to be a 'mid-sized' V-8 engine, and was developed for higher performance use upon its launch in late 1969 for the 1970 models. This unique design proved itself under the hood of Ford's Mustang, among other high performance cars. The Cleveland engine addressed the major shortcoming of the Windsor engines that preceded it, namely cylinder head air flow. The Windsor engines just couldn't be built at the time to compete effectively with the strongest GM and Mopar small blocks ...

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Ford's 351 Cleveland was designed to be a 'mid-sized' V-8 engine, and was developed for higher performance use upon its launch in late 1969 for the 1970 models. This unique design proved itself under the hood of Ford's Mustang, among other high performance cars. The Cleveland engine addressed the major shortcoming of the Windsor engines that preceded it, namely cylinder head air flow. The Windsor engines just couldn't be built at the time to compete effectively with the strongest GM and Mopar small blocks offerings, and the Cleveland engine was the answer to that problem. Unfortunately, the Cleveland engine was introduced at the end of Detroit's muscle car era, and the engine, in pure Cleveland form, was very short lived. It did continue on as a low compression passenger car and truck engine in the form of the 351M and 400M, which in their day, offered little in the way of excitement. Renewed enthusiasm in this engine has spawned an influx of top-quality new components that make building or modifying these engines affordable.

This new book reviews the history and variations of the 351 Cleveland and Ford's related engines, the 351M and 400M. Basic dimensions and specifications of each engine, along with tips for identifying both design differences and casting number(s) are shown. In addition to this, each engine's strong points and areas of concern are described in detail. Written with high performance in mind, both traditional power tricks and methods to increase efficiency of these specific engines are shared.

With the influx of aftermarket parts, especially excellent cylinder heads, the 351 Cleveland as well as the 351M and 400M cousins are now seen as great engines to build. This book will walk you through everything you need to know to build a great street or competition engine based in the 351 Cleveland platform.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781613250488
  • Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/15/2013
  • Series: CarTech Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 431,444
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted June 5, 2013

    The Ford 351 Cleveland engine - it takes me back to the days of

    The Ford 351 Cleveland engine - it takes me back to the days of muscle cars with their big block engines, manual transmissions, bucket seats, big tires and laying rubber when the light turns green. I saw plenty of Ford 351 Windsors, Chevy's with the 327 and 396 engines, and Plymouth's with the 383 engine, but seeing a stock 351 Cleveland was far and few between.

    Now you can build one from the ground up. George Reid has written a new book for SA Design called Ford 351 Cleveland Engines - How to build for Max Performance. The book covers the 351 Cleveland and its variations - the 351M and 400M, and it is packed with a wealth of knowledge.

    If you are planing to build a street car or race car with the 351C engine, you need a copy of this book. This book begins with the history of the 351C and building basics. The rest of the book covers the block, rotating assembly,lubrication, cylinder heads, camshaft and valve train, induction, ignition and exhaust. It ends with break-in and tuning and power builds. Each section is covered in great detail and includes specifications, tolerances, and countless tips to help find more power and pitfalls to avoid. It is also full of color pictures which can be a huge help when building an engine. This book is a must have resource for the hobbyist or professional that is planning a 351C build.

    I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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